Bin full? Please take your litter home!
The volunteer group Friends of Gladstone Park (FoGP), with the full support of Brent Council, launched a new local anti-litter campaign today.
An eye catching red sticker with an image of a fox enjoying a feast of picnic rubbish has been placed on every bin in the park to discourage people from leaving bags of litter NEXT to the bins when they are full.
“We hope that these stickers will enhance awareness and encourage people to take their rubbish home or to an empty bin. It’s a small step towards keeping our beautiful park free of litter.” said Francine Lawrence, Deputy Chair, FoGP. “If you can carry your picnic to the park – you are capable of taking the rubbish away!”
The sticker campaign is in addition to the regular Gladstone Park Litter Picks organised by FoGP.
Sunny weather and easing of lockdown have encouraged more of us to visit local parks and enjoy a snack or a (socially distanced) picnic.
However, it seems that many people are able to carry their full pizza boxes, polystyrene food containers, plastic bags, paper towels, wet wipes, bottles and crisp packets to the park but unable to take the empty packaging away.
FoGP want to highlight the misconception that dumping bags of picnic rubbish next to a tree or a bin, when the bin is full, is helpful. Bags of food packaging, however neatly stacked, encourage foxes and vermin to chew through the bags and spread the rubbish over a wider area.
Chicken bones, glass, cans and rotting food are hazards to children and pets.
“Larger, more plentiful, fox-proof bins can help, but will not eradicate the problem. In the end it is humans who leave rubbish in inappropriate places.” Said Tariq Dar, Brent Councillor. “We must love where we live!”
FoGP hope that the Red Fox Sticker Campaign will be the beginning of a Brent-wide anti-litter campaign.
Together we can help keep our beautiful park free of litter.
If your park or open space group would like some of these eye catching stickers you can buy 50 large stickers for £30 from FoGP. The vinyl sticks firmly on metal and wood. No nasty peeling up or fading. Guaranteed colour fast for 5 years. Do email us to enquire.